Respiratory Therapy Pathway

Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. They assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Respiratory Therapists initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures, maintain patient records; select, assemble, check, and operate the equipment. They also may serve as asthma educators, patient educators, case managers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Specialists, Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Specialists, and Sleep Specialists. Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and diagnostic labs.

The Respiratory Therapy Degree programs provide a high quality education that fosters critical thinking and inspires a strong appreciation of ethical values and cultural diversity.

Learners become successful communicators, critical thinkers and global citizens while encouraging lifelong learning.

The Importance of Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists are required to exercise considerable, independent clinical judgment in the care of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They consult with physicians and other health care professionals to help develop and modify patient care plans.

The primary duties of a Respiratory Therapist include:

  • Assessing and treating patients with breathing disorders
  • Supervising Respiratory Therapy Therapists
  • Initiating and conducting therapeutic procedures
  • Maintaining patient records
  • Selecting, assembling and operating equipment

Why become a Respiratory Therapist?

  • The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $62,810 in May 2020.*
  • Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.*
  • Respiratory Therapists work in a variety of healthcare settings including state, local and private hospitals, nursing care facilities and physician offices.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Locations & Dates

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Provider: San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC)

Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Program length: 65 weeks

Program Start Dates: June 13, 2022, July 18, 2022, August 22, 2022, September 16, 2022, October 31, 2022, and December 5, 2022.

Prerequisites: Hold a current Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy (RRT), awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution with a CoARC or CAAHEP accredited program Hold a current credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and current unencumbered licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in California or in the state of current employment.

 

Provider: PIMA Medical Institute

Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

Program length: 16 months (full-time) or 30 months (part-time)

Program Start Dates: April 27, 2022 (Spring); August 31, 2022 (Fall)

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED. Must currently be a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Transfer of 71 credits with a C or better in 44 respiratory therapy (technical) and 12 related credits from a regionally or nationally (WASC) accredited institution.

This program consists of an online, asynchronous classroom format with weekly assignments available in all regions.

Technical Requirements Note: Chromebooks cannot be used for this program.

Northern California - Rancho Cordova

Provider: San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC)

Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT)

Program length: 80 weeks

Program Start Dates: November 14, 2022

Prerequisites: Applicant must be in good health and physically fit. High School diploma or state issued GED. Applicant must be age 18 by his/her expected graduation date. Applicants are selected based on points earned in an evaluation process that includes assessment, transcript review, professional reference, and personal interview.

Southern California - North Hollywood, Garden Grove, San Bernardino

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges (CCC)

Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT)

Program length: 70 weeks

Program Start Dates: July 5, 2022, September 19, 2022, and December 5, 2022

Prerequisites: High school transcript or evidence of satisfactory completion of GED. Pass online readiness assessment. o Pass entrance exams (Wonderlic & A/P). Pass a background (LiveScan) check.

Central California - Bakersfield

Provider: San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC)

Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT)

Program length: 80 weeks

Program Start Dates: November 14, 2022

Prerequisites: Applicant must be in good health and physically fit. High School diploma or state issued GED. Applicant must be age 18 by his/her expected graduation date. Applicants are selected based on points earned in an evaluation process that includes assessment, transcript review, professional reference, and personal interview.

Colorado - Aurora

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges (CCC)

Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT)

Program length: 70 weeks

Program Start Dates: July 5, 2022, September 19, 2022, and December 5, 2022

Prerequisites: High school transcript or evidence of satisfactory completion of GED. Pass online readiness assessment. o Pass entrance exams (Wonderlic & A/P). Pass a background (LiveScan) check.

Oregon - Portland

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges (CCC)

Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT)

Program length: 70 weeks

Program Start Dates: September 19, 2022

Prerequisites: High school transcript or evidence of satisfactory completion of GED. Pass online readiness assessment. o Pass entrance exams (Wonderlic & A/P). Pass a background (LiveScan) check.

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